WorkChoices will be worse for women

Women will be worse off under the Federal Government’s proposed WorkChoices legislation according to two Melbourne academics.  Speaking at a recent conference they highlighted the possible implications of the new laws. With the majority of carers being women, their argument is a timely warning for women working carers.  

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Using carers' skills

work_icon.jpgIf you are caring for a child with a disability no doubt you are heavily involved in your child’s development. You may also be frustrated at the gaps in services. Some carers have used their years at home to formalise the skills gained through this involvement to find employment and to lobby for better services. This is the story of two parents who turned their frustration into action.

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Campaign calls for Senate enquiry

work_icon.jpgThe organisers of last week’s Walk a Mile in My Shoes rally at Parliament House in Canberra have made a bid for a Senate enquiry into the shortages of services for carers. NSW organiser Nell Brown says many carers would like to work, or work more, and would do so if services were able to support them. More than 300 carers from all around Australia gathered in Canberra for the day of action.

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Choosing to work

work_icon.jpgAs a carer, your desire to look after the person you are caring for and pressure from others might make you wonder if you can hold down a job as well. You may feel guilty about going to work and leaving your care receiver at home alone or with others. While the choice to work as well as care may be difficult, there are many positive results.

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Take a break

work_icon.jpg The issues raised at the Walk a Mile in My Shoes day of action in Canberra this week highlight the fact that carers are often forced to give up work. Faced with few support services for working carers and the difficulties of juggling work and care, many carers simply leave work. Increasingly however, workplace flexibility policies are giving carers options to allow them stay in work. This article outlines one of these options – taking a career break.

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